Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway Car

Linda Garrison

Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns to Kuranda is an Australian engineering feat of the 19th Century. Many cruise passengers visiting Cairns on the northeast coast of Australia take shore excursions to the old Kuranda township. Kuranda is in a mountain rainforest about 17 miles from Cairns and has good arts, crafts, and Aboriginal artifacts shopping and family nature adventures.

Getting to Kuranda is half the fun. You can ride a bus, which goes straight across the flat coastal plain filled with sugar cane fields before climbing the mountains to Kuranda. Or, you can take a bus to the skyrail station and enjoy gliding high over the rainforest to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Finally, you can ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, which dates back to the 19th century. This historic railroad follows the scenic Barron River Gorge, and the train passes through numerous tunnels as it winds its way up the Great Dividing Range. While visiting Cairns on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager, we took a bus to the Rainforestation near Kuranda and rode the train back to the Freshwater Station.

These old railcars are reminiscent of the railroad from Skagway, Alaska to the Yukon - the White Pass Railway.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia - Barron Falls on the Barron River

Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia - Barron Falls on the Barron River
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Barron Falls on the Barron River -- Kuranda Scenic Railway

Cairns, Australia -- Barron Falls on the Barron River -- Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia

Close-up of Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Rainbow over Barron Falls - Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia

Rainbow over Barron Falls - Kuranda Scenic Railway near Cairns, Australia
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Kuranda Scenic Railway at Cairns, Australia

Kuranda Scenic Railway at Cairns, Australia
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Countryside along the Kuranda Scenic Railway

Countryside along the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Stoney Creek Falls on the Barron River - Kuranda Scenic Railway

Stony Creek Falls on the Barron River - Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The three-trestle bridge over Stoney Creek, which was completed in in mid-1890's, is the most outstanding feature of the railway line.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Locomotive

Kuranda Scenic Railway Locomotive
Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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